So now that we're back, it's time to start tallying the cost and such....
Total cost of gas: $740.53
Most expensive gas: $3.499 (Meadow Bridge, WV)
Approximate total cost of the trip: $1712.00 (includes gas, food, munchies, admission fees, tolls, parking, souvenirs....)
States traveled through: 12
(Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio)
And the final statistic - one that is much higher than I thought that it would be:
I have so much blogging to do, but for now I'm just going to leave it at this. My plan is to go through all of my pictures (1000+ of them) and organize them all and then do a post for each portion of the trip - so it'll all be broken up a bit. But to give you an idea of what you can expect, there will be pictures of....
....a fish hatchery
....kids playing in water
....me on a roof
....closeups of various forms of wildlife
....a college campus
....a national memorial
....a national park
....a couple of campgrounds
....and maybe a few pictures of me and The Dude
Right now our main mission is to get the van running again. It did great on the entire trip - no problems at all. We came home last night, parked it in the driveway, unloaded it, and then when we went to take The Dude back home it just wouldn't move - so apparently there is something up with the transmission or some transmission-related part. I'll start making calls about it tomorrow and see what I can figure out, and in the meantime The Dude is digging around online to see what he can figure out.
It's always something.